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[shlok] /ʃlɒk/ Slang.
Also, schlocky. cheap; trashy:
a schlock store.
something of cheap or inferior quality; junk.
Origin of schlock
1910-15; apparently < Yiddish shlak apoplectic stroke, evil, nuisance, wretch (compare Middle High German slac(g) blow; see slay); though development of E sense is unclear Unabridged
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goods or produce of cheap or inferior quality; trash
cheap, inferior, or trashy
Word Origin
Yiddish: damaged merchandise, probably from German Schlag a blow; related to slay
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Word Origin and History for schlock

"trash," 1915, from American Yiddish shlak, from German Schlacke "dregs, scum, dross" (see slag (n.)). Alternative etymology [OED] is from Yiddish shlogn "to strike" (cf. German schlagen; see slay). Derived form schlockmeister "purveyor of cheap merchandise" is from 1965. Adjectival form schlocky is attested from 1968; schlock was used as an adjective from 1916.

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: unlike all those schlock films


(also schlack or schlag or shlock) Inferior merchandise; an inferior product; crap, junk: That ''Macbird'' is a piece of schlock/ are bringing out schlock so they can pay for the books they care about (1915+)

[fr Yiddish fr German schlag, ''a blow,'' perhaps because the merchandise has been knocked around, or knocked down, or perhaps because, as Eric I Bromberg wrote in American Speech in 1938, ''to schlach is to cut or raise a price according to a customer''; the New York Times speculated in 1922 that the underworld use schlock, ''a broken lot of loot,'' was adopted because junk had recently come to mean ''narcotics, dope'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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